Ukraine-NATO relations: Lithuanian Embassy to remain NATO contact point in Ukraine for two more years

13:29 Sep. 12, 2016

Lithuanian Embassy to remain NATO contact point in Ukraine for two more years

The NATO symbol and flags of the NATO nations outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 2, 2014 (AP photo)

Ukrainians' public support for joining NATO surged after Russia's aggression started

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is expected to announce that it will continue performing the functions of NATO contact point embassy in Ukraine for the next two years.

The information was reported on September 12 by Yevpopeyska Pravda online media, which cited its own diplomatic sources.

The decision has already been approved by the Alliance and the Ukrainian officials, according to the source. Though, it will become official only after formal announcement.

The Embassy of Lithuania took over the functions of a NATO Contact Point Embassy in Ukraine from Poland at the beginning of 2015.

Ukrainians' public support for joining NATO has risen dramatically after Russia's Crimea grab and the Kremlin-orchestrated conflict in eastern Ukraine. Until 2013, almost two-thirds of Ukrainians strongly opposed NATO membership. In a July 2015 poll, 64 percent of respondents supported joining the alliance.

The latest public opinion survey, conducted in July this year has shown that the number of Ukrainians who are in favour of joining the Alliance is almost the same as of their opponents.

 

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